January 12, 2018.
Escalon, California – The California Highway Patrol was dispatched to a report of a traffic collision at approximately 12:56 p.m. The accident occurred on Highway 120 just east of Enterprise Road. The collision involved a white Chrysler Pacifica and blue PG&E utility truck. Escalon Fire Department, Escalon Ambulance Services, PG&E, and Cal Trans were also dispatched to the collision. The crash caused a power outage in the Escalon area. California Highway Patrol is the primary investigating agency in this accident.
A truck driver who witnessed the accident said he was traveling eastbound on Highway 120 and was just behind the white Chrysler when the driver of the car abruptly made a u-turn in front of him. He went on to say that the driver of the Chrysler completed the u-turn and stopped on the north side of the road briefly before pulling out in the path of the westbound PG&E truck. The oncoming westbound PG&E truck collided with the front end of the Chrysler which caused the PG&E truck to move into the eastbound lane and in the direct path of the oncoming semi-truck. The driver of the PG&E truck was able to avoid a head-on collision with the semi-truck, but ended up colliding head-on into a power pole on the north side of the roadway. After the collision, both vehicles came to rest on the north side of Highway 120.
Both drivers involved in the accident were checked and treated by Escalon emergency medical technicians on scene. The driver of the PG&E truck was transported by Escalon Community Ambulance Services to the hospital with unknown minor to moderate injuries. The driver of the Chrysler had no reported injuries. It appeared no other vehicles were involved in the accident. The impact caused major damage to the front end and some side body damage to both vehicles.
The involved vehicles, along with the emergency vehicles, were completely blocking both lanes of Highway 120. The accident caused the CHP to close down both directions of Highway 120 to through traffic while PG&E crews dealt with the power lines and McDowell tow truck personnel cleared the highway of debris and damaged vehicles. The roadway was closed to through traffic for about 45 minutes to an hour before being reopened by CHP. PG&E crews worked late into the evening replacing the power pole and reconnecting electrical services to homes in the area of the crash site.